European Commissioner Lambasts ‘Copyright Middlemen’

European Commissioner for Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes has warned copyright middlemen and content gatekeepers that they risk being sidelined. The restrictive systems they have set up irritate the public and leave "a vacuum which is served by illegal content," said Kroes, who added that a new approach to copyright is the answer. One which looks beyond "corporatist self-interest".

isoHunt Revives Full Search After U.S. Traffic Tanks

BitTorrent search engine isoHunt has reversed the change it made earlier this year, where all US visitors were redirected to a 'lite' version of the site to prevent it from being shut down. With this move, isoHunt founder Gary Fung hopes to regain some of the visitors he lost due to the change. Meanwhile, isoHunt is awaiting the appeal of the permanent injunction the District Court of California issued in their case against the MPAA.

WordPress Blocks Blog Following DMCA Takedown ‘Comment’

A non-commercial blog which specializes in reporting on Amazon Kindle related news was taken down by WordPress after it linked to site hosting an unauthorized copy of a book. Although this is a legal act under Spanish law, WordPress blocked the site following a complaint from an anti-piracy group who said the blog owner had ignored them, but when one learns how they made that complaint, it's no surprise he did.

LimeWire Resurrected By Secret Dev Team

Last month, the Gnutella-based file-sharing client LimeWire was effectively outlawed after a U.S. federal judge granted a request from the RIAA to shut the software down. Now, not even a month later, LimeWire is back as good as new. Not only has a secret dev team reanimated the hugely popular client, but they have also made a few significant changes which make it better and more streamlined than before.

Sifonr: File-Sharing and P2P Video Chat Made Easy

Have you ever wanted to have a live video chat with several friends while simultaneously sharing files with them? With the brand new Sifonr service you can. It's beauty is that it is all supported by Adobe Flash's latest P2P technology and easy to embed in any website. Sifonr has the potential to become the next generation communication tool on the web, but has to be careful that it doesn't turn into a chatroulette on steroids.

MPAA Lists Major Torrent, Usenet and Hosting Sites In Submission To U.S. Government

In a response to a request from the Office of the US Trade Representative, the MPAA has submitted a list of "notorious markets" for pirated goods located outside the United States. Among them are some of the world's leading torrent sites including BTjunkie, Demonoid, isoHunt, KickAssTorrents and The Pirate Bay. Usenet service UseNext makes an appearance alongside file-hosters MegaUpload and RapidShare.

5 Torrent Files That Broke Mind Boggling Records

BitTorrent was first released by Bram Cohen back in 2001, but it took two years before the new file-sharing protocol gained a notable audience. In the years that followed millions of torrent files were downloaded and shared billions of times. In this article we will discuss five memorable torrent files that each broke a unique record, from the largest in size to the oldest that's still alive today.